My great experience as a teacher! With an MA in English and an MFA in Writing, I have been teaching for 11 years as an English writing instructor at the college level, including Fiction and Advanced Rhetoric. I also have 6 years' experience as an ESL instructor--I was director of ESL at Bellevue University in Nebraska and spearheaded an adult ESL program in the latino community where I taught citizenship courses. I have also taught TOEFL prep courses.
I can teach the basics--developmental English and grammar and writing for both native and non-native English speakers.
This broad background also comes with my goal of customizing my sessions so that YOU succeed!
My students. My students. My students.
I love connecting with my students in every class. I listen and use the Socratic method of asking questions to dig deeper with them. When they are engaged, I'm happiest! It's all about my students.
For non-native ESL students, I listen to their speech and unravel what they're trying to say. One of my past students, Soo Kyung-Lee from Korea said, "You already know what we're trying to say." I tutored her so that she got an A in her English Composition class. She and I still keep in touch today.
She really knows what we need on the subject matter and she is well equipped on all aspects of the subject. Very sociable and knowledgeable.
To whom It May Concern: I had the pleasure and honor of being taught by professional instructors to include Ms. Mary Potter. She first taught me at the University of Nebraska at Omaha [UNO] Afghan Scholarship Program Intensive Language [ASPIL], part of the process of preparing Afghan students whose studies were interrupted by the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, for completing their studies in higher educational institutions across the United States. Ms. Potter impacted me enormously inside the class as well as outside in her office whenever I had questions on SAT or on American Culture. She never flinched and always showed the willingness and keenness to assist others and me with her beautiful smiley face and positive manner. In a very short period of time, we established a good rapport and our teacher – student relationship improved to a level of friendship, which continues to this day. After I was granted a scholarship to the United States and I arrived to the country, I was always in contact with Ms. Potter to seek assistance on cultural, personal, and other professional issues. She was kind enough to even invite me to her wedding ceremony in Omaha, Nebraska, in early 1990s. Ms. Potter served as a reference for me on many occasions whenever I needed her assistance with job application or security clearance process required by the US Government. I highly recommend Ms. Mary Potter for any tutoring or related jobs as she is extremely overqualified and an experienced individual in teaching and tutoring English language.